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Vienne: Mosaic of hospitality


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Much of the prosperity of Roman Vienna (Vienne) came from trading activities in the port and warehouse area of Saint-Romain-en-Gal along the Rhône river.

Private houses were often richly decorated with mosaics showing themes of nature, including this late 2nd century AD panel with a duck, symbol of hospitality.  The mosaic is now in the Musée archéologique de St.Romain en Gal-Vienne.

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[Fig.1: Mosaic of duck, symbol of hospitality in ancient Vienne (Musee archeologique; photo: Athena Review).]


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